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Vintage Video #1's: Frank Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely

by VVN Music

At the beginning of the 50's, Frank Sinatra found his career in disarray but an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the 1953 film From Here to Eternity and a brand new record contract with Capitol Records in 1954 were the turning points to bring him back to the top.

For many, the sixteen albums that he recorded for Capitol between 1954 and 1962 were the finest of his career.  With sparkling arrangements by Gordon Jenkins, Nelson Riddle and Billy May, Sinatra not only covered the Great American Songbook, but also became known for making some of the earliest concept albums.

When asked, himself, what was his favorite album, he would often answer Frank Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely which hit number 1 59 years ago on October 13, 1958.

Among the songs that appeared on the album and went on to be Sinatra standards were "Angel Eyes", "What's New?", "Goodbye", "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" and "One For My Baby (and One More For the Road)".  No singles were released from the album.

Only the Lonely went on to be nominated, along with his Come Fly With Me, for the very first Album of the Year, losing out to Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn.   It did win the Best Album Cover award.

The top five albums on October 13, 1958:
  1. Only the Lonely - Frank Sinatra
  2. The Music Man - Original Cast
  3. King Creole - Elvis Presley
  4. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Van Cliburn
  5. Sing Along With Mitch - Mitch Miller